If you ever set your sights on those supernatural characters’ mighty gadgets during your childhood days or wished if they could be turned into real, then here’s an opportunity to do so. Yes, you read that right. Some creative engineers from BYU have just devised a new Batman Grappling Hook Gun which actually works. However, the main intention here was not to take you on a fantasy ride, but to serve for an Air Force competition.
So what exactly triggered the notion? Well, the students basically used Batman as a picture of what they wanted to achieve. Since Batman was exceedingly confident of his technology, the new grappling hook gun anticipates to delivering the same level of efficiency. Part of a Capstone project, the uniquely conceptualized device benefits from a launcher to direct a hook as far-flung as 90 feet in the air.
Once positioned properly, the system takes advantage of certain pulleys and other great features to automatically pull the user up the building. If there’s some other surface, the tool functions exactly the same but with little effort planked down. However as far as the Air Force competition is concerned, the contest team will be provided with 20 minutes to trot out the new Batman-inspired hook gun and then guide military representatives on its usage.
But the main objective of the competition remains – to have three people up a 90-foot vertical incline whilst piggybacking around 300 pounds of gear each. Huh, that sounds a bit too much of precision and hard work. Nevertheless, the system designed by these students has been integrated with the caliber to climb 30 feet per minute.
Although we don’t know when exactly this Batman Grappling Hook Gun will knock the shelves for us to latch onto, but it still seems interesting to see an Air Force competition employing it. At least, they can be cheered up while we wait for the final arrival.